Quick & Easy

Sundae best

Sundae best: add quick toppings to ice cream for deliciously easy desserts - Food: Summer EntertainingIce cream means instant dessert. It waits in the freezer, always on call, ready to appear au naturel or dressed up for a celebration.

Date food

Date food: trick her into thinking you're a gourmet cook with this quick and easy mealBeef, like this filet mignon, is a great source of CLA--CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID--a type of good fat that has been shown in studies to help increase muscle mass and decrease levels of body fat.

Quick, healthy dishes

Quick, healthy dishes - recipesChicken and Vegetables With Penne makes a hearty one-dish meal. Note: To save time, prep foods-slice, dice and so on-as other items cook.

Go fish

Go fish: start with seafood for a quick, tasty dinner - WeeknightPutting a balanced meal on the table every night is a challenge when work and family compete for your attention. But eating well might be easier than you think--if you think fish. It cooks quickly and is a lean source of protein and iron.

Salad days

Salad days: rice chills out for an easy weeknight meal - Food: Quick CookThis salad is a simplified, lightened version of Richard Wong's original. Make your own seasoning sauce as directed here or, for a shortcut, use a purchased sauce such as his Chinablue Sesame Soy Sauce.

Standard issues: new food and disability rules pose challenges for small business

Standard issues: new food and disability rules pose challenges for small businessHUNDREDS of thousands of independent food retailers, wholesalers, trucking companies and food distributors have a year and a half before they must comply with the new FDA rule on record keeping. Stemming from the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, the rule requires companies in the food distribution chain to obtain and record information on products received from suppliers and sold to customers.

Food retailers with 10 or more full-time employees must collect incoming data, which must be kept on the premises for six months to two years, depending on the perish-ability of the food. (Retailers with fewer than 10 employees are exempt.) Moreover--and this is the tricky part--food manufacturers must be able to link incoming ingredients with outgoing products. The FDA hasn't said how this should be done, but at a minimum, food manufacturers will probably have to print lot numbers or other identifying marks on outgoing products. The requirements go into effect on December 9, 2006.

While the FDA estimates compliance will cost companies only about $1,000 a year, another rule brewing at the Department of Justice could cost small businesses considerably more. The department's proposed revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act would force companies to carry out costly construction projects,

The act's design standards specify what areas of a building, for example, must have wheelchair access, and the technical requirements for that access. Potential changes to those standards adopted last July by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board include requiring companies to make employee-only areas wheelchair accessible even if there are no employees in wheelchairs, and upping the number of public entrances which must be wheelchair accessible from the current requirement of 50 percent to 60 percent. The DOJ is at the start of encoding these guidelines into a final rule.

STEPHEN BARLAS is a freelance business reporter who covers the Washington beat for 10 magazines.